P D James Quotes & Wallpapers

P D James
Total Quotes: 133


Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely. Increase your word power. Find your own individual voice though practicing constantly. Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and learn to express that experience in words. P D James

Creativity doesn't flourish in an atmosphere of despotism, coercion and fear. P D James

I don't think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern. P D James

Great literature cannot grow from a neglected or impoverished soil. Only if we actually tend or care will it transpire that every hundred years or so we might get a Middlemarch. P D James

We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life. P D James

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends. P D James

There comes a time when every scientist, even God, has to write off an experiment. P D James

to look back on one's life is to experience the capriciousness of memory. ... the past is not static. It can be relived only in memory, and memory is a device for forgetting as well as remembering. It, too, is not immutable. It rediscovers, reinvents, reorganizes. Like a passage of prose it can be revised and repunctuated. To that extent, every autobiography is a work of fiction and every work of fiction an autobiography. P D James

Murder is the unique crime, the only one for which we can never make reparation to the victim. P D James

If you are proposing to commit a sin it is as well to commit it with intelligence. Otherwise you are insulting God as well as defying Him, don't you think? P D James

read widely, not in order to copy someone else's style, but to learn to appreciate and recognize good writing and to see how the best writers have achieved their result. Poor writing is, unfortunately, infectious and should be avoided. P D James

Youth goes caparisoned in immortality. P D James

There is no point in regretting any part of the past. The past can't now be altered, the future has yet to be lived, and consciously to experience every moment of the present is the only way to gain at least the illusion of immortality. P D James

Publishers don't nurse you; they buy and sell you. P D James

A regime which combines perpetual surveillance with total indulgence is hardly conducive to healthy development. P D James

Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false. P D James

Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports. P D James

Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other -people. Nothing that happens to a writer - however happy, however tragic - is ever wasted. P D James

we live in a society which salves its conscience more by helping the interestingly unfortunate than the dull deserving ... P D James

If all power corrupts, then a doctor, who literally holds life and death in his hands, must be at particular risk. P D James

Old age makes caricatures of us all. P D James

A politician is required to listen to humbug, talk humbug, condone humbug. The most we can hope for is that we don't actually believe it. P D James

Books of quotations ... afford me one of the most undemanding but satisfying forms of reading pleasure. P D James

I still occasionally need to struggle but I now fear it less. The weapons I fight it with are also my consolations: books, music, food, wine, nature. P D James

We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it. P D James

Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. P D James

Generosity is a virtue for individuals, not governments. When governments are generous it is with other people's money, other people's safety, other people's future. P D James

Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast. P D James

I can understand the poor and stupid voting for Marxism or one of its fashionable variants. If you've no hope of being other than a slave, you may as well opt for the most efficient form of slavery. P D James

It is always easy to question the judgement of others in matters of which we may be imperfectly informed. P D James

the unforgivable was usually the most easily forgiven. P D James

however long we have to live, there are never enough springs. P D James

A nation that can't remember its dead will soon cease to be worth dying for. P D James

Can we ever break free of the devices and desires of our own hearts? Might not our conscience be telling us what we most want to hear? P D James

Without the hope of posterity, for our race if not for ourselves, without the assurance that we being dead yet live, all pleasures of the mind and senses sometimes seem to me no more than pathetic and crumbling defences shored up against our ruin. P D James

When I heard, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, I thought, Did he fall or was he pushed? P D James

It's easy to get a reputation for wisdom. It's only necessary to live long, speak little and do less. P D James

The secret of contentment is never to allow yourself to want anything which reason tells you you haven't a chance of getting. P D James

Unnatural death always provoked a peculiar unease, an uncomfortable realization that there were still some things that might not be susceptible to bureaucratic control. P D James

It was not... that she was unaware of the frayed and ragged edges of life. She would merely iron them out with a firm hand and neatly hem them down. P D James

The world of the terminally ill is the world of neither the living nor the dead. I have watched others since I watched my father, and always with a sense of their strangeness. They sit and speak, and are spoken to, and listen, and even smile, but in spirit they have already moved away from us and there is no way we can enter their shadowy no-man's-land. P D James

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism. P D James

In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible which aren't credible today, especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out. Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets. P D James

I learned early and at that kitchen table that there are ways of avoiding, without guilt, the commitments of love. P D James

All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction. P D James

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P D James

If this were fiction, could even the most brilliant novelist contrive to make credible so short a period in which pride had been subdued and prejudice overcome? P D James

Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious. P D James

Childhood is the one prison from which there's no escape, the one sentence from which there's no appeal. We all serve our time. P D James

Children live in occupied territory. The brave and the foolhardy openly rebel against authority, whether harsh or benign. But most tread warily, outwardly accommodating themselves to alien mores and edicts while living in secret their iconoclastic and subversive lives. P D James

The world is full of people who have lost faith: politicians who have lost faith in politics, social workers who have lost faith in social work, schoolteachers who have lost faith in teaching and, for all I know, policemen who have lost faith in policing and poets who have lost faith in poetry. It's a condition of faith that it gets lost from time to time, or at least mislaid. P D James

gossip ... was like any other commodity in the marketplace. You received it only if you had something of value to give. P D James

Work did bestow dignity, status, meaning. Wasn't that why people dreaded unemployment, why some men found retirement so traumatic? P D James

Wars may be fought by decent men, but they're not won by them. P D James

I thought of inviting you to my other club but you know how it is. Lunching there is a useful way of reminding people that you're still alive, but the members will come up and congratulate you on the fact. P D James

You never forget the people who were kind to you in childhood, do you, sir? P D James

Crime fiction confirms our belief, despite some evidence to the contrary, that we live in a rational, comprehensible, and moral universe. P D James

The equally is a political theory, but no a practical politics. P D James

In youth we take egregious risks because death has no reality for us. Youth goes caparisoned in immortality. It is only in middle age that we are shadowed by the awareness of the transitoriness of life. P D James

If our sex life were determined by our first youthful experiments, most of the world would be doomed to celibacy. In no area of human experience are human beings more convinced that something better can be had only if they persevere. P D James

Life had taught him that the unforgivable was usually the most easily forgiven. P D James

What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order. P D James

Charm is often despised but I can never see why. No one has it who isn't capable of genuinely liking others, at least at the actual moment of meeting and speaking. Charm is always genuine; it may be superficial but it isn't false. P D James

The great tragedy of Alzheimer's disease, and the reason why we dread it, is that it leaves us with no defence, not even against those who love us. P D James

Ambition, if it were to be savored, let alone achieved, had to be rooted in possibility. P D James

I knew the facts of death before I knew the facts of life. There never was a time when I didn't see the skull beneath the skin. P D James

Death ... obliterates family resemblance as it does personality: there is no affinity between the living and the dead. P D James

What was so terrible about grief was not grief itself, but that one got over it. P D James

No literary form is more revealing, more spontaneous or more individual than a letter. P D James

Of all the things that human beings did together, the sexual act was the one with the most various of reasons. P D James



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